Summary: Director Allen Hughes, one half of the Hughes brothers that brought us Menace 2 Society and From Hell , stepped up and delivered a solid film here. With so much going on with the plot and so many diverse characters throughout, this easily could have turned into a mess.
Excerpt: A decade ago, two of my least favorite actors were Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. Why, you ask? I don’t know, really. I guess I got the image that they were kind of jerks in real life, so therefore I really didn’t seem to care for their films.
Excerpt: Four billion dollars are set to funnel into the pockets of a financially sinking New York, a property deal with seeds in Wall Street and the fraudulent mayor who commissioned the fix for the city’s woes.
Conclusion: 'Broken City' had potential. Perhaps if it had focused more on making a dark and dreary private eye movie instead of resorting to the same old political thriller tricks we're all used to, it would've been something worth spending time with.
Conclusion: Between Drive and The Place Beyond the Pines and half a dozen indie others, neo-noir is definitely seeing a resurgence. Unfortunately, Broken City will probably be one of the least remembered of the recent bunch.
Excerpt: Broken City has extremely high aspirations for itself. It desperately wants to be one of those smart, fast-paced thrillers that leads normally sane people to stay up late loudly arguing over its ending, but the final product isn't that engaging, surprising or even thought-provoking.
Excerpt: New York City police officer Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) shoots a man on the street. Thing is, the guy is a rapist-murderer, who was let go on a technicality. Though Taggart’s explanation is hard to swallow, a judge dismisses the charges against him.
Excerpt: Brian Tucker’s script for Broken City made the prestigious “Black List” of best unproduced screenplays in 2008. At its best, though, the film strains heroically to achieve its Chinatown -level ambition and transcend its hackneyed elements: an alcoholic, disgraced cop with a tragic past; a powerful...